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CLASSES: 2001 - 1996 - 1981 - 1971, '72 & '73 - 1956 - 1951 - 1946

Macalester alumni across the nation and around the world are preparing to return to campus for Reunion 2006 in June. That's more than three months away...

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Campus News

The Kresge Foundation awards Macalester $50,000 for green building

Macalester received a $50,000 Green Building Initiatives planning grant from the Kresge Foundation. Macalester will use the money to work with an environmental consulting firm in reviewing and analyzing designs and setting sustainability goals for a new athletic facility. Kresge defines a green building as "one that strives to be environmentally sustainable, that in its design, construction and operation makes a minimal draw on non-renewable resources and gives high priority to respecting the physical environment."

Six faculty granted tenure
by Board of Trustees

Six faculty members were granted tenure this month by the Board of Trustees:

Karin Aguilar-San Juan
American Studies

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Jim Dawes

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Keith Kuwata

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David Martyn
German and Russian Studies

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Sarah West

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Christine Willcox

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Alumni who attend reunion are often surprised at how many classmates they recognize and how many recognize them. Half of the fun is reconnecting with the people you knew in college. The other half is meeting the people you never got to meet while you were so busy cramming for exams.
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Macalester named a top-25 Peace Corps volunteer producing institution

Macalester has been named to the list of top 25 for small schools producing Peace Corps volunteers. Macalester appears at number 20 on the list with 17 alumni currently serving as volunteers. Since Peace Corps' inception, 296 alumni of Macalester have joined its ranks. Dartmouth College is number one for small schools with 37 alumni currently serving. The University of Wisconsin at Madison takes the top spot for all schools with 104 volunteers serving in the field.

Professor Ruthanne Kurth-Schai returns from Thailand

Professor Ruthanne Kurth-Schai, chair of the Educational Studies Department, spent several weeks in Bangkok in January conducting an evaluation of a three-year collaboration among colleges of education at the University of Minnesota, Chulalongkorn University and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. The international partnership, structured to strengthen scholarship and teaching on linkages among environmental, multicultural, moral and civic education, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs. While in Thailand, Kurth-Schai also continued her research on the Thai national education reform movement and began work on January study abroad opportunities for Macalester students.

Anne Marie Slaughter
to speak at Mitau Lecture

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter University Professor of Politics and International Affairs and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, will present "Redeeming America's Promise: Preaching and Practicing Democracy Abroad" at the 25th Annual G. Theodore Mitau Endowed Lecture. Slaughter writes and teaches on global governance, international criminal law and American foreign policy. In her book, A New World Order (2004), she identifies transnational networks of government officials as an increasingly important component of global governance.

Alumni News

Gretchen Legler '84 holds
reading on campus

Photo of Gretchen Legler '84.Gretchen Legler '84 visited Macalester to read from her new book On the Ice: An intimate portrait of life and McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Jan. 27. Legler spoke about her book and her experiences, both at Macalester and in Antarctica. The audience of over 60 alumni and others enjoyed Legler's humor, warmth and sincerity in discussing the coldest place on earth. Legler's visit was sponsored by Scots Pride (see website).

Ron Stolski ’62 receives AFCA award for work as high school football coach

Ron Stolski ’62 received the Power of Influence Award from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The national award is the highest honor a high school football coach can receive and recognizes a coach’s overall impact on his players, his school and his community. The community of Brainerd, Minn., held a luncheon in his honor. Star Tribune columnist John Millea wrote, “Stolski represents the best of our teachers, our coaches, of those who shape young lives. Brainerd, and all of Minnesota, is lucky to have him.”
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Ten alumni from Macalester and two from St. Ben/St. John’s, along with nine friends and significant others, joined Professor Mark Davis, Biology, for a cruise of a lifetime down the Amazon River in eastern Peru in January. 

Professor Mark Davis, Biology“The experience and local knowledge [of our guides] enabled us to see more than one hundred species of birds, five species of monkeys, two species of river dolphins, including the famous pink dolphins of the Amazon, sloths, caimans—related to alligators—and brilliant blue morpho butterflies.”
- Prof. Mark Davis, Biology

Amazon Journey was sponsored by Macalester's Alumni Travel Program.
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Chuck Green visits the Northwest

Photo of Chuck GreenProfessor Chuck Green, Political Science, visited Seattle and Portland to meet with area alumni on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19. He spoke on the topic of "Civic Engagement: Of Whom? For What?"



Come to "P"reunion to socialize with other alumni/ae in your area, find out what's happening at the big gathering in June and help support your class's gift to the Annual Fund in honor of Reunion. Contact Holly E. Munoz for more information about the "P"reunion near you.

"P"reunion - San Francisco
6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
1751 Social Club

Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar. Organized by Andrew Kaufteil '01.

"P"reunion: Class of '81
4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Alumni House, Macalester College

Wine tasting and light appetizers. Childcare provided for children 3 and older. Form more information, contact Erik Westgard '81 and Catherine Swanson Leimbach '81.

"P"reunion: Washington, D.C.
6:30-9p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

Light appetizers and cash bar. For more information, contact Mercer Fannon '01.

"P"reunion: Twin Cities
5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 15
Alumni House, Macalester College

Wine tasting, light appetizers and live music. Organized by Christine Swanson '01, Tom Noonan '01, Courtney Major '01, Keeva Hartley '96, Amy Schroeder Ireland '96 and Brooke Schultz '96.

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"Funk Night" a smash hit

Alumni from the '70s, '80s and '90s returned to campus for "Funk Night"—a dance party held on Jan. 27 in Kagin Commons. Some songs were so good, everyone felt compelled to get out on the floor and "shake their groove thangs." The party didn't let up until midnight.

Carol Kiefer Kiecker '56 presented "a mother's worst nightmare"

Photo of Carol Kiefer Kiecker.Over 50 alumni heard Carol Kiefer Kiecker ’56 talk about her "worst nightmare" Jan. 25 on campus. She discussed the biggest challenge of her life—working to free her daughter and son-in-law from a jail in Mexico, where they were detained and tortured for a murder they did not commit.

WITNESS at the Ordway
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19
Ordway Theater, St. Paul
Special Ticket Price: $35.50

VocalEssence explores music composed by African Americans in their annual concert, WITNESS. This year they will perform Truth, a 25-minute choral ballet based on the story of Sojourner Truth. Macalester alumni may purchase the specially priced tickets online.
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Hurricane Relief Trip
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom,
Kagin Commons

Twenty-two students and eight staff members went to Gulfport, Miss., to provide hurricane relief from Jan. 12 – Jan. 21. They posted updates about their service trip online (view) and will share their experiences in this public forum.

Forum on the Institute for Global Citizenship
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
Weyerhaeuser Board Room

Come and hear about the plans for the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester. Dean Ahmed Samatar along with associate deans, Andrew Latham and Karin Trail-Johnson, will speak about the plans for the new institute.

Meet the Dean: Jane Rhodes
8-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
Weyerhaeuser Board Room

Meet Jane Rhodes, the new dean for the study of race and ethnicity, at this discussion about Macalester's American Studies program and multicultural life on campus. She will give a brief talk and answer alumni questions. A reception will follow.

Gallery talk by
Robert Fass '81
2–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Milton J. Weill Gallery,
The 92nd Street Y,
1395 Lexington Ave. (website)

Alumni are invited to a very special showing of "As Long as we Both Shall Live: Long-Married Couples in America," an exhibit of photos by Robert Fass ’81. Cookies and hot cider will be served. Family-friendly. RSVP to Erlene Lagerquist by Monday, Feb. 13.

Prof. Mahnaz Kousha talks on roles of women in Iran
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Professor Mahnaz Kousha, Sociology, will give a talk on "Women’s changing position throughout the 20th Century in Iran." She will provide a socio-historical perspective on Iranian women’s lives, examining dramatic events that shaped their legal and social status. Refreshments will be served following talk.

Mix & Mingle (Los Angeles)
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave.
Cross Street: Formosa Ave.

Network with Los Angeles-area alumni over drinks and appetizers. Discounted drinks & appetizers until 7 p.m. Meet in the Moroccan Room. Valet Parking available. RSVP to Jerry Darko-Appianti ’05 or Jenny Foughner ’05.

Twin Cities Mayors' Forum
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take part in a forum moderated by former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer, an urban studies visiting professor at Macalester. The two mayors will discuss their leadership styles, career paths, the challenges they face and how they plan to work together.

Film & Discussion with Malcolm Himschoot
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28
John B. Davis Lecture Hall

View the film Call Me Malcolm and join a discussion about spirituality and transgender issues with local United Church of Christ minister Malcolm Himschoot. Call Me Malcolm is a documentary about Himschoot's life, focusing on gender identity as it relates to matters of faith, spirituality, vocation and personhood. Himschoot will discuss his story, the making of the film, as well as his vocation as pastor after the film. Sponsored by Scots Pride.

Star Wars
Walking Tour
(San Francisco)
11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 4
Letterman Digital Arts Center
$10 per person

Take a tour of the Letterman Digital Arts Center, also known as Lucas Film Center where Star Wars is made, in the Presidio area. Learn the history of the Presidio as well as Lucas' plans for his new empire. The hour-long walking tour will be guided by alumna Marilyn Straka. Contact Mariam Ispahani at or 510-543-8822 for more information.
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Scots Baseball - Macalester vs. Haverford (Phoenix)
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 11
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Rd.

Watch Mac play ball and enjoy lunch at the Hyatt Regency Terrace Cafe (122 N. 2nd St.) with other alumni after the game. Travis Feezell, director of athletics, will talk about sports at Macalester, the M Club and plans for a new athletics center on campus. For more information, contact Carol Polk at 1-888-242-9351 or


February Line-Up
Here's who you'll hear in the first four "Faculty Talks" episodes:

  • Daylanne English
  • Leola Johnson
    Humanities and Media
    and Cultural Studies
  • Peter Rachleff
  • Jane Rhodes
    American Studies

Macalester launched a podcast showcasing Macalester faculty called "Faculty Talks". Macalester will podcast interviews with professors on topics relating to African American history every week during the month of February.

A "podcast" is a series of Web-based audio programs listeners can subscribe to using software like iTunes (Mac & PC), iPodder (PC) or jPodder (PC). When subscribed to a podcast, the software automatically retrieves new episodes. The episode can than be loaded onto an iPod or MP3 player for listening on-the-go. You can also play podcast episodes on your computer.
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